Springfield/Mountain Home, Missouri (PRWEB) July 25, 2012
According to the U.S. Census, 17.2% of Mountain Home residents are living under the poverty level, with an unemployment rate of 7.9%. Feeding America reports that 30.3% of children in Baxter County are food insecure.
In response to the alarming statistics, hundreds of Mountain Home-area residents are preparing to welcome hurting neighbors at what they hope will become a community movement. Local businesses, churches, government agencies and nonprofits will partner with The Convoy of Hope, a community outreach event July 28 at Sarah Street and Martin Luther King. This community event is one of dozens of stops along a 50-state, $50 million tour offering hope and help for the 46 million Americans currently living in poverty—the largest number on record.*
The Mountain Home community will provide some $1 million in goods and services in a single day through lasting solutions to real need such as 40,000 pounds of groceries, dental and medical screenings, kids zone activities, haircuts, portraits, athletic shoes, clothing, car seats, back-to-school supplies, job fair, prayer time and spiritual guidance, live entertainment with free lunch and more.
Saturday, August 4, gates will open at 10 a.m.
Baxter Country Fairgrounds; 1507 Fairgrounds Dr. Mountain Home, AR (Map)
- Interview local families benefiting from poverty-free day
- Interview national leaders from The Convoy of Hope
- Press kit materials and high-res photos of the national tour available at convoyofhope.org/press_kit
THE CONVOY OF HOPE 50-STATE TOUR
With an 18-year track record of serving 1.6 million Americans in poverty, The Convoy of Hope is now headed to all 50 states in a two-year, $50 million effort to unite communities to provide neighbors a poverty-free day and the first step on the path out of poverty. The National Breast Cancer Foundation is partnering with The Convoy of Hope to provide education and—in select cities—breast cancer screenings to help with early detection for the 70 percent of community outreach guests who are women.
Convoy of Hope
Convoy of Hope is a faith-based international humanitarian organization that has served 50 million hurting people in 100 countries since 1994. Through children's feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing, Convoy of Hope has given away more than $272 million (wholesale value) in food and supplies and is a nine-time Charity Navigator Four-Star Award winner. The organization is based in Springfield, Mo.
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*Associated Press, 2011